July 7, 2008

LMC Mulls Bio-Medical Waste Plant

LUCKNOW: The much needed municipal solid waste treatment plant might still be a distant dream, but that has not deterred the Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC) from toying with the idea of setting up yet another project in the city: A bio-medical waste treatment plant.

The LMC has already invited a Agra based private company, 'Datt Enterprises' for setting up a 'model' plant to address the alarmingly growing problem of bio-medical waste in the state capital and adjoining areas. In fact, company officials recently visited the city to take a look of various sites where the plant can be potentially established. LMC sources said that the company officials insisted on being provided a land close to the RR workshop of the LMC in Bhikampur near Nishatganj. Notably, it is the site where the LMC incinerator exists. It is believed that the company demanded the incinerator, promising to upgrade it and set up a plant. However, well placed sources said that the LMC has refused the company's demand saying that the it would not lend its incinerator to any private company.

It was then that the officials were shown at least three sites - at Sitapur road, Hardoi road and Kanpur road. Sources close to the project, however, said that the company is yet to agree on any of the sites shown.

When approached, general manager of 'Datt Enterprises', Omendra Srivastava confirmed of their visit to the state capital for the proposed project. "We have already developed a model plant in Agra and are now keen to set up such a plant in the state capital as well," he said.

The plant, he said, is proposed to have a capacity to treat 5 tonnes of biomedical waste. The city, according to guess estimates, produces around three tonnes of bio-medical waste daily. Srivastava said that the plant would cater to an area in the radius of 150 Kms. This means that besides Lucknow, the plant would cater to some of the nearby districts as well.

The company would thus be entering into an agreement with the LMC which would ensure that hospitals and nursing homes segregate the hospital waste. The company would provide its special vehicle for picking up the waste and transporting to the plant.

The only problem which seems to shroud the ambitious project is that of the site. Srivastava said that the plant requires an area of around two acres. But it should be at least 2 Kms away from a residential colony. Additional municipal commissioner AC Sinha said that they would be providing all their help to the company in searching the land.

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